Things to do in London this weekend

Make the most of that sweet, sweet downtime with our guide to the weekend’s best events and activities
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By Time Out London Things To Do |
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You’ve made it. The working week is behind you and those two sweet days of freedom are on the horizon. Don’t waste your downtime: use our fabulous guide to live your best life this weekend in London. As well as cracking London pubs to sink a drink in, gorgeous parks to explore and tasty restaurants to try, there’s also a truckload of events to get involved in. Here’s our pick of the best: 

RECOMMENDED: find more things to do this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You’ll want to catch Colourscape on Clapham Common. Here’s a video of what to expect:

What’s on this weekend?

Things to do, Festivals

Open House London

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Want to step inside London’s brutalist landmarks, historic theatres and government buildings this weekend? Now’s your chance at this capital-wide annual festival of architecture giving Londoners access to hundreds of buildings not normally open to the public. 

Theatre, Drama

‘The Woods’

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Catch this modern fairytale where woods and wolves represent a bleak, all-consuming mental illness. Lucy Morrison’s atmospheric production is incredibly vivid, and boasts exceptional performances from Lesley Sharp and Tom Mothersdale. 

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Conflict Café

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Get a taste of Myanmar in an underground skate park and support peacebuilding through food.

 

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Image courtesy of the artist and Goldsmiths CCA.
Art, Contemporary art

Show of the Week: Mika Rottenberg

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See films and installations about the economy and stuff. Rottenberg is funny, confrontational and totally brilliant.

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Centro Botín, 2017 Photo © Enrico Cano
Art, Architecture

Renzo Piano: ‘The Art of Making Buildings’

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Get an intimate peek into the mind of one of our era’s great architects. This is a calm, academic, passionate show about the power of design.

 

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© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Art

‘Courtauld Impressionists’

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Feast your eyes on impressionist paintings from the currently-being-refurbed Courtauld. These are genuinely some of the greatest paintings in history. Don’t be silly.

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Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Dance Umbrella 2018

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This vibrant, varied and brilliantly exciting dance festival = returns with a line up of dance shows staged all over London. 

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Bar of the Week: Little Nan’s Fitzrovia Kitchen & Bar

Sink a drink a the follow-up to the kitsch bar themed around
a grandmother’s front room. Go for serious nostalgia – especially if you’re a child of the ’90s. 

Things to do, Food and drink events

Tootopia

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Get your glad rags on and immerse yourself in  this total celebration of Latinx burlesque culture.

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Jorge Benavides
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Things to do, Quirky events

Deep Trash Escoria

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Deep Trash, the famous east London exhibition-cum-performance club night is back with a night dedicated the Spanish-speaking and Latinx parts of the globe. See subversive flamenco and Latinx burlesque, Frida Khalo drag and discover queer, trans and non-binary lives – from Colombia to Uruguay and beyond.   Poster Image: Jorge Benavides © 2017, Matias Sauter M @maddimer www.matiassauter.com / Concept: TrashEra

Things to do, Quirky events

Make Emo Great Again

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Slick on three days’ worth of eyeliner and dance the night away to Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance.

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Things to do, Performances

City of Women

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Hear a feminist choir celebrate a century of electoral equality in Leadenhall Market.

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Things to do, Consumer shows and conventions

New Scientist Live

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Head to this light-hearted festival peddling some serious science. Go earn your place in the Slime Olympics.

Things to do, Festivals

HowTheLightGetsIn

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Sit in on experts debating the big philosophical ideas. Once your brain is enlightened, catch some acoustic performances to relax.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Harvest Stomp

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Get maximum fun out of the last few days of summer with a harvest festival offering arts and crafts, micro- brewery demos  and a ceilidh performance.

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